This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

Posted by Judson AKA GUDoug
GUDougDo you like synergies and tutoring in your EDH deck?  Come on, really who doesn’t?  Well sit back enjoy the ride as I tell you the glories of card called Skyshroud Poacher.  This guy in all honesty should be the poster child for Magic the Gathering and Sci-Fi nerds around the globe.  He loves to play games, enjoys yelling as he commands and dominates lesser beings, and as a result of that hangs out with many a cool elf.  What more could you want?  Skyshroud Poacher has gained my whim and fancy many times over an is indelibly tied to my favorite Magic card of all time. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

Posted by Judson AKA GUDoug
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EDH as a format can be a tricky path to navigate.   It is a pseudo legitimate “casual” format acknowledged and pandered to by Wizards of the Coast, but also governed by an outside shadow syndicate that supports the use of a made up ban list of their own concoction that you can follow…or whatever.  The format encompasses cutthroat try hards, n00bs, constructed format washouts, casual players, casual elite, durdlers, herps, derps, and Christian Renoe.  With so many participants, each with there own interpretation of what fun is and how the game should be played, it can be hard to meet everyone’s grandiose delusional expectations of the format.  Nothing is ever going to fundamentally shift EDH into a fair format.  The best that anyone can hope is that everyone is at least somewhat playing on the same power level and enjoying the experience no matter how ruthless or sociable those decks may be.

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This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

Posted by Judson AKA GUDoug
GUDougRight around the time that I started playing EDH it seemed like the mesmerizing craft of card altering was starting to really take off.  It was either that or it was around this general point in time that I really started taking notice of the phenomenon.  Regardless, it was there and I was looking like a creepy Peeping Tom hanging out in trees waiting to catch a forbidden peek into another world.  Cards with the most amazing pictures on them were popping up all over the internet and two of my personally most watched venues were on the forums of MTGSalvation and MTGCommander (then just called Elder Dragon Highlander).  I was enamored by the artistry, cleverness, and pun-ish/inside humor of the art and I just wished that there was someway that I too could participate in it.  Eventually I found a way and I would like to make everyone feel like they can too by passing on my story as well as very accessible altering style. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDougHas it already been two weeks?  Time sure seems to fly by.  Let me find where I left off on Next Level Sharpie Alters Part 1.  Ah yes, here we go.  Our brave intrepid protagonist, myself, had journeyed to the depths of the Magic the Gathering  internet alteration cache and emerged triumphant schlepping a style of hodgepodge techniques cobbled together with bits and pieces of eraser crumbs, tape, and markers.  Unscathed and unfaltered by an onslaught of “Sexy Anime Chicks Presenting” on basic lands, I have returned to channel this amalgamated knowledge on to you like a conduit of the oracles.  What the hell am I talking about?  I am clearly a little too full of myself.  So enough of this BS mumbo jumbo nonsense,  let’s walk you through  how I alter a card and show you that ANYONE can do it.
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This entry is part 05 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDougDo you ever get that urge to build a theme deck?  But not just a gimmicky theme deck but like a THEME DECK?  Like if you were old like me, and still get all your slang from late 80’s to early 90’s Beastie Boys albums, you would say to yourself, “Self!  Let’s build the illest theme deck there ever was!”  Yeah me too, I knew you would sympathize.  So I guess now all there is left to do is just figure out how to build the illest theme deck there ever was and then throw it together.  Simple right?  First thing that you got to do is come up with a unifying idea of what you want to build your deck around and then it pretty much just builds itself and you are done.  It is pretty easy.  Like child’s play even.  I got a thousand ideas up in the old noggin  like…um…uh…ummmm…well let us just collectively brainstorm for a few seconds, maybe better give yourself a couple minutes, and then we shall regroup with our ideas to build the illest theme deck there ever was. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 06 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDougA few years ago I caught the Gladiator bug pretty bad, so I did what any devout EDHer would do and built a Gladiator themed deck.  I tried to jam pack the deck with as many flavorful elements as I could and combined more subjective criteria for picking the creatures with more thematic criteria for the other spells.  I was pleased with how it turned out for the most part but it was a little slow and durdlely in a lot of aspects.  High CMC creatures and spells mixed with no ramp and limited card draw is not the perfect recipe for a deck.  I made changes constantly trying to get the deck to perform the best I could but in the end it just wasn’t suited for the group that I was playing with at the time.  Everyone was rushing to combo out as fast as possible and a red zone deck just wasn’t fun to play against that type of strategy.  When turn five “game is over” is the norm, with a good hand I was lucky to have 6-7 permanents on the board representing my non-interactive contribution to the game.  Even online the deck was hit or miss and I felt I was making a lot of concessions to the theme in my card changes in order to have a more playable and competitive deck.  Sometime in the summer of 2011 having not played the deck in months, I had lost hope in it, gutted its cards, and used its sleeves for a better purpose.  I still have fond memories of the deck and I liked many of the ideas it had, so maybe it is time to take a second look at it, freshen up the list, and breath new life into a memorable fallen warrior. Read the rest of this entry »